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THREE 5 stars and ONE 4.5 star for Torn: A Bi-Erotic Novella by E. B. Barrett @storiesbyEB #bisexual #erotic #BDSM

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Title: Torn: A Bi-Erotic Novella
Author Name & Publisher: E. B. Barrett
Publication Date & Length: May 13, 2015 — 113 Pages

Synopsis

Fresh from college graduation and his girlfriend’s decision to leave him, James Stevenson spends a summer in Amsterdam coping with unrequited love and the challenge of his identity. Trapped within family and social expectations, he finds himself still in love with Amee and unable to express his desire for the brilliant, compassionate Professor Joshua Thomas. As James works through his past and present, we follow him on an emotional and sexual journey of self-acceptance.

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FiveStars

Torn is such an appropriate name for this book. When I first started reading it I kept wondering what is the deal. Is he gay, bi-curious, straight, what? Then as I read a couple of the chapters it became clear to me, James was asking himself the same questions. He was questioning his attraction to his girlfriend at the time Amee and the fact that he was open to trying the new ideas that she wanted to try. I think that Amee played a huge role in James life and him figuring out what his true self was. Amee questioned what she liked as far as sexually and brought James along for the ride. Of course Amee being more open minded with herself then James was with himself…. She found her way quicker then he did. Along with doing that she realized that James was not only attracted to her but to also me and she did not have a problem with that. She encouraged James to find himself as far as sexually where men was concerned and figured out he would not do that if they stayed together. So she ended the relationship but not their friendship or her support. And she made it known that the door would always be open for him.

James had a harder time excepting himself then Amee did but he knew with it a doubt that he loved Amee but that he was in love with Joshua his former professor.

Joshua was another strong role in this book. He is gay but he too excepted that James was Bi and that yes they may be in a relationship with one another but that Amee gave James something that he could not and he was excepting and encouraging of it.

This book was written beautifully and took you through the confusion of trying figure out where one could be happy with who they are without feeling guilty for it. It is an amazing story. I can honestly imagine someone going through something like this in real life and worrying about being happy with who they are and excepted for who they are instead of what they want. E.B. Barrett did an amazing job on this book. Loved it from start to finish.

~Tosha

FiveStars

Elegant, flawless writing, exquisitely crafted characters and a completely filthy imagination make for an unforgettable story.  In fact, this might just be the most powerful erotic story I can remember reading.

On one level, this is a new adult story of self-discovery.  At college, James’ girlfriend pushes him beyond his comfort zone as she drags him along on her quest to find her kink.  After college, James pursues a crush on a former professor as he explores his own kinks in Amsterdam.

The struggle of a mathematical genius to find his place in the world is also the struggle of the bisexual young adult to discover his sexual identity while forming the relationships that will shape his life.   

I think my reaction to this story was so powerful because the author made me care fiercely for James, for Amee in all her guises, and for our good professor.  This is sexier because of the humanity the writer brings to her characters.  

I love the lack of judgement, the strong relationships that exist beyond the boundaries of heteronormative structures and I love the range of imaginative sexual encounters in this story.  I recommend this for readers who enjoy erotica but find themselves unmoved by formulaic BDSM stories full of recycled characters and scenarios.  This is different and I absolutely loved it.  

~Sarah

FiveStars

This book in my opinion is awesome! The author really hit on what I think a lot of our younger generation questions about themselves. I think it’s only natural to question which sex you’re attracted to. I also think it’s only natural to experiment when you’re young.

James and Amee do that. Amee really pushes James to go outside his box. As the 2 lovers experiment, Amee discovers she is a Dominatrix and James hasn’t lost the love he felt for his professor, Joseph.

The 2 part ways so Amee can pursue her dominant side and James can try to find what/who makes him happy. We are taken on a journey between his past and present self as James discovers who he is and how to accept himself for loving the people he loves.

The story is well written and keeps the reader engaged to the end. I had some serious Aha moments myself while reading this story. I love when I can read a book and it makes me question myself or something I believe about myself. That’s great.

~Kris

FourandHalfStars

This was written more like a nonfiction memoir than a fictional story to me, but that’s what made it so excellent to me. It was raw and real and sexy and honest.
James is trying to figure out who he is and what to do about the feelings he has. I have to say that I loved the erotic encounters that he has while he is also growing and learning what he wants and needs. There is a dual love story we see, but I have to say I preferred the one with Joshua over Amee. I felt like we missed out on some of the love that was there between James and Amee because she was so focused on finding herself. However, I did feel that there was something special between them, but the emotional connection and feelings really shown through for James and Joshua.
This was an excellent story about a man discovering himself and acknowledging that he was bisexual, not gay and hiding, not straight hetero, but somewhere between and being okay with that.
Renee

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4 stars for California Skies by Kayla Bashe #Bi #Genderqueer #Trans @kaylabashe @LT3Press

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Title: California Skies
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Bashe (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 13, 2016

Synopsis

Bandits came looking for the legendary emeralds belonging to Maggie’s family, killing her older brother and scarring her face. She can’t change the past, but finding the jewels will help her injured sister recover. In need of reliable muscle, she goes to an old friend of her brother’s: tough-as-nails nonbinary bounty hunter California Talbot.

While Maggie expected hard roads and violence, given the tragedy that provoked the journey, she wasn’t expecting the bar fights, snakes, and bandits to be the easy part—and the difficult part to be a growing attraction to someone who’d probably never look twice at her mutilated face.

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FourStars

This was a very enjoyable read. I liked the characters and how the author showed their past friendship as well as why California would be interested in helping Maggie out. I like when characters have that tension between them and have those feelings for each other and yet don’t realize that the other person feels that way. It builds expectation and can result in some very humorous scenes. The one thing I did have a problem with is the use of they/them as a pronoun for a trans person. It took me a while to realize Bashe was only referring to one person, which I found confusing. When I realized it was being used to refer to only California, this sort of plurality made me think there were two people inside the character. And there were times I had to reread passages to make sure I was clear on who exactly was being referred to. I can only hope that some gender neutral word comes into widespread use so this type of confusion can be avoided in the future.

~AmyP

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5 Stars for Spring Break at Villa Hermes by Xavier Mayne #MM #College @dreamspinners @xaviermayne

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Title: Spring Break at the Villa Hermes
Author Name: Xavier Mayne
Publication Date & Length: April 6, 2015 – 246pgs

Synopsis

Troopers Ethan Brandt and Gabriel Donnelly celebrate the one-year anniversary of their engagement by flying south for a week of calm relaxation at the Villa Hermes, a gay boutique hotel on the beach. But when the rest of the guests turn out to be college guys on spring break (unwittingly booked into a gay hotel by a passive-aggressive travel agent), their week turns out to be anything but calm.

Ted, one of the spring breakers, has harbored a crush on his roommate and best friend, Bark, since they met freshman year. Now, on their fourth and final spring break, Ted knows they must soon say good-bye. A lacrosse star and ladies’ man, Bark has no idea Ted has fallen for him—until a storm forces the entire group underground for twenty-four hours of stress and truth-telling. Bark doesn’t want to say good-bye to Ted at graduation either. He just didn’t know how to put his feelings into words or if he could face the consequences of speaking them. Brandt and Donnelly help the college guys through their crisis by showing them what love between best friends can grow into.

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FiveStarsXavier Mayne has created yet another absurdly titillating premise for a Brandt and Donnelly story. His Villa Hermes is a perfect fantasy porn set.  Brilliant.  But Mayne doesn’t write porn.  Mayne writes men.  He writes about flawed humans and love without boundaries or judgements.  Oh – and he does this with a wicked sense of humour.
This has to be my favourite book in the series. It is lighter, funnier and possibly even more tender than the first three.  Brandt and Donnelly aren’t fighting bad guys or bad politics, they’re sunbathing.
The troopers meet a new cast of characters in paradise.  Bryce and Nestor have been replaced by Winnie and Vic.  Winnie is a beautifully complex character – the former drag queen has his own story, a backbone of steel and a bit of wisdom ready for his guests.
Instead of a single couple for Brandt and Donnelly to help, there are six vaguely straight college boys ready for the troopers’ magic touch.
I loved it.  Mayne writes characters like no one else in the genre.  He can write humour and pathos in the same sentence, and this time the action centers around a clothing optional pool in Greece.  Wonderful.
Sarah

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